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Embryo's early development revealed in a dish
Rice University bioscientists develop a method to observe patterns of early embryonic development, during which ectodermal cells diverge toward their fates as skin, organs and the nervous system. (2019-10-17)
Rice blast fungus discovery will drive crop innovation
A secret weapon used by the killer rice blast fungus to infect host plants has been discovered in new research. (2019-10-16)
Synthetic cells make long-distance calls
Rice University synthetic biologists design transcriptional circuits that allow single-cell microbes to form networks that spur collective action, even in large communities. (2019-10-15)
A mathematical model reveals long-distance cell communication mechanism
An interdisciplinary collaborative team at KAIST has identified how a large community can communicate with each other almost simultaneously even with very short distance signaling. (2019-10-15)
UW study advances alignment of single-wall carbon nanotubes along common axis
The researchers used machine-vision automation and parallelization to simultaneously produce globally aligned, single-wall carbon nanotubes using pressure-driven filtration. (2019-10-15)
Overlap allows nanoparticles to enhance light-based detection
Rice University scientists use the plasmonic properties of gold nanoparticles to amplify light from molecules triggered by electrochemiluminescence. (2019-10-14)
New CEOs can raise their social game to keep their jobs, says Rice University study
A new study shows that two key factors can make freshly appointed CEOs more vulnerable and raise the odds they'll get fired. (2019-10-10)
Water + air + electricity = hydrogen peroxide
A reactor developed by Rice University engineers produces pure hydrogen peroxide solutions from water, air and energy. (2019-10-10)
Rice bran may help curb malnutrition, diarrhea for infants
A new study led by Colorado State University found that adding rice bran for infants who were being weaned from their mother's milk resulted in them receiving more nutrients that enhanced growth and reduced diarrhea. (2019-10-08)
Bacteria trapped -- and terminated -- by graphene filter
Rice University chemists transform their laser-induced graphene into an air filter that not only traps pathogens but also kills them with a small blast of electricity. (2019-10-07)
Helping pregnant women at work can hurt their chances of returning after maternity leave
When colleagues at work try to lighten a pregnant woman's load, it can hurt her chances of returning to work after giving birth, according to new research from Rice University, the University of Memphis, Boston College and the University of Massachusetts Lowell. (2019-10-02)
Borophene on silver grows freely into an atomic 'skin'
Borophene has a nearly perfect partner in a form of silver that could help the trendy two-dimensional material grow to unheard-of lengths. (2019-09-30)
Quantum material goes where none have gone before
Physicists have created a quantum material that can travel through a previously unexplored region marked by strange electronic properties. (2019-09-30)
Chemists clarify a chiral conundrum?
Rice University researchers set out to untangle the mysterious interactions in mixtures of proteins and gold nanorods. (2019-09-26)
Soap from straw -- Scientists develop eco friendly ingredient from agricultural waste
A scientist has discovered a way of using one of the world's most abundant natural resources as a replacement for manmade chemicals in soaps and thousands of other household products. (2019-09-23)
Probes shed new light on Alzheimer's cause
Rice University researchers have found a way to track the formation of soluble amyloid beta peptide aggregates in lab samples. (2019-09-23)
Malawi study confirms lasting impact of life-saving technology
A study in the journal Pediatrics finds that the Malawi Ministry of Health's national adoption of affordable, rugged, neonatal CPAP technology resulted in sustained improvements in the survival of babies with respiratory illness. (2019-09-20)
Nano bulb lights novel path
Rice University engineers have created what may be viewed as the world's smallest incandescent lightbulbs, collections of near-nanoscale materials called 'selective thermal emitters' that absorb heat and emit light. (2019-09-19)
Grains in the rain
Of the major food crops, only rice is currently able to survive flooding. (2019-09-19)
Study points to new drug target in fight against cancer
Rice University researchers are members of an international team that's discovered how a cancer-linked version of the protein mitoNEET can close voltage-dependent anion channels (VDAC), primary gateways in the outer surface of mitochondria. (2019-09-18)
New study shows common carp aquaculture in Neolithic China dating back 8,000 years
In a recent study, an international team of researchers analyzed fish bones excavated from the Early Neolithic Jiahu site in Henan Province, China. (2019-09-16)
Hiding in plain sight
Early rice growers unwittingly gave barnyard grass a big hand, helping to give root to a rice imitator that is now considered one of the world's worst agricultural weeds. (2019-09-16)
Innovative model created for NASA to predict vitamin levels in spaceflight food
A team of food scientists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has developed a groundbreaking, user-friendly mathematical model for NASA to help ensure that astronauts' food remains rich in nutrients during extended missions in space. (2019-09-12)
Government housing voucher program effectively reduces homeless veteran population
Research led by Notre Dame's William Evans confirms that for every HUD-VASH voucher distributed, one fewer veteran is living on the streets. (2019-09-10)
One-atom switch supercharges fluorescent dyes
A Rice lab develops a single-atom switch to turn fluorescent dyes used in biological imaging on and off at will. (2019-09-09)
Fe metabolic engineering method succeeds in producing 1,2,4-butanetriol sustainably from biomass
A more environmentally-friendly and sustainable method of producing the useful chemical 1,2,4-butanetriol has been discovered. (2019-09-06)
Pain in the asp: Bird-deterring nets create haven for stinging pests
While collecting data from live oak trees in the world's largest medical center, Rice University evolutionary ecologists have discovered huge quantities of one of North America's most venomous caterpillars. (2019-09-06)
When physicians integrate with hospitals, costs go up, Rice study says
When physicians integrate with hospitals, the cost of health care rises even though there's no evidence patients get better treatment, according to a new paper by experts at Rice University and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas. (2019-09-05)
Methane-producing microorganism makes a meal of iron
A new understanding of how a microorganism produces methane and carbon dioxide could eventually allow researchers to manipulate how much of these important greenhouse gases escape into the atmosphere. (2019-09-04)
Rice reactor turns greenhouse gas into pure liquid fuel
An electrocatalysis reactor built at Rice University recycles carbon dioxide to produce pure liquid fuel solutions using electricity. (2019-09-03)
The 'universal break-up criterion' of hot, flowing lava?
Thomas Jones' 'universal break-up criterion' won't help with meltdowns of the heart, but it will help volcanologists study changing lava conditions in common volcanic eruptions. (2019-08-30)
Getting to the root of how plants tolerate too much iron
Salk scientists have found a major genetic regulator of iron tolerance, a gene called GSNOR. (2019-08-29)
Gold nanoparticles shown to be safe and effective treatment for prostate cancer
Bio-compatible gold nanoparticles designed to convert near-infrared light to heat have been shown to safely and effectively ablate low- to intermediate-grade tumors within the prostate, according to a study conducted at the Icahn School of Medicine and published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. (2019-08-27)
Scientists advance search for memory's molecular roots
The mechanism of a large, multidomain protein perfectly suited to help store long-term memories in neurons is detailed for the first time by researchers at Rice University, the University of Houston and the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. (2019-08-26)
Quest for new cancer treatment crosses milestone
A cancer therapy invented at Rice University has crossed a milestone in clinical trials, a major development in a decadeslong quest to develop a treatment that destroys tumors without the debilitating side effects of chemotherapy, invasive surgery and radiation. (2019-08-26)
Quantum criticality could be a boon for qubit designers
Physicists studying the strange behavior of metal alloys called heavy fermions have made a surprising discovery that could be useful in safeguarding the information stored in quantum bits, or qubits, the basic units of encoded information in quantum computers. (2019-08-26)
Nano-thermometer takes temperature inside cells
Rice University scientists develop a nano-thermometer able to take temperatures inside cells. (2019-08-22)
New study reveals carbon nanotubes measurement possible for the first time
Swansea University scientists report an entirely new approach to manipulation of carbon nanotubes that allows physical measurements to be made on carbon nanotubes that have previously only been possible by theoretical computation. (2019-08-22)
A hallmark of superconductivity, beyond superconductivity itself
Physicists have found 'electron pairing,' a hallmark feature of superconductivity, at temperatures and energies well above the critical threshold where superconductivity occurs. (2019-08-21)
Discovery of a bottleneck relief in photosynthesis may have a major impact on food crops
Scientists have found how to relieve a bottleneck in the process by which plants transform sunlight into food, which may lead to an increase in crop production. (2019-08-16)
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